Marichi temple

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Marichi temple
ମାରିଚୀ ମନ୍ଦିର
Marichi temple Baleswar Odisha.jpg
Coordinates 21°33′29.94″N 86°45′9.96″E / 21.5583167°N 86.7527667°E / 21.5583167; 86.7527667Coordinates: 21°33′29.94″N 86°45′9.96″E / 21.5583167°N 86.7527667°E / 21.5583167; 86.7527667
Country India
State/province Odisha
District Baleswar
Locale Ajodhya
Primary deity Marichi, Varahi, Buddha
Important festivals Durga Puja, Asokastami
Architectural styles Odishan Pidha vimana temple architecture
Number of temples
History and governance
Date built 10-11th Century
Temple board Marichi Puja Committee, Ajodhya[1]

Marichi Temple (Odia: ମାରିଚୀ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu and Buddhist temple located in Ajodhya, Baleswar, Odisha, India.


This temple is situated 9 km north of Sajanagada. It is on the right side of the road leading from Nilagiri to Mayurbhanj in Baleswar district, Odisha.


Buddha in Bhoomusparshamudra
Varahi idol
Pidha Vimana
Ancient idols

The temple is a newly built pidha vimana like other temples of Odisha. The temple houses many Tantra-, Jainism- and Buddhism-related images dating back to the late 11th century. It is thought that during Somavamsi Keshari rule the deities were built. There are many old icons like four-handed Varahi, Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra, Jain tirthankara, Avalokitesvara.

The central icon is worshiped as Durga and closely seeing the image is a Mahayana goddess Marichi. The Marichi image is flanked by two goddesses. The Garbhagriha houses three icons of late 11th century. Durga Puja is a famous festival in this temple.[1]

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Media related to Marichi temple, Orissa at Wikimedia Commons


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